When it premiered on TV in the US, it was seen by more than 100 million people – setting it up as a hit for the ages. Now “The Day After” including the TV version and the cinema version will be released on Blu-ray for the first time.
The Day After was made in 1983, at a time when tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union were growing to dangerous levels. A nuclear exchange of blows, a devastating nuclear war, was just averted. At the same time, director Nicholas Meyer created a frightening what-if scenario in his TV film, which of course generated huge attention at the time and was seen by over 100 million people when it premiered in the USA. Record.
In Europe, the film, which, according to the then US President Ronald Reagan, radically changed the view of nuclear weapons, first came to the cinemas. Almost 40 years later, an July 8, 2022, “The Day After” will be released for the first time on Blu-ray – including the TV version and the extended cinema version. And the place in the top 100 of the Amazon sales charts shows that many film fans have been waiting for this home cinema comeback after the old, dusty DVDs.
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The film is considered one of the greatest and most intense disaster film classics of all time, which has lost none of its impact to this day. On the contrary: Especially in view of current world events, “The Day After” in 2022 gets under your skin just as deeply as it did four decades ago. Incidentally, the film was nominated for a total of twelve (!) Emmys in 1984 and was awarded, among other things, for the best special effects.
This is “The Day After”
Nicholas Meyer, who deals with films like “Escape to the Future” and “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” established himself as a science fiction artist in Hollywood before “The Day After”, in contrast to most other disaster films, his dystopian TV classic is not dedicated to the spectacle itself – be it the war against enemies, the fight against the forces of nature or in this case nuclear war – but its dramatic consequences.
At the center of the film is Kansas City, which has been reduced to rubble and razed to the ground in the course of a nuclear attack. dr Russell Oakes (Academy Award-winner Jason Robards, The Untouchables) is one of the few survivors who came close to escaping death, but for whom the horror is only just beginning. Because there are supply bottlenecks at all levels, which leads to overcrowded hospitals and food shortages. A struggle of life and death begins, in which everyone is closest to themselves…
Incidentally, in the official DashFUN review, “The Day After” barely misses the highest rating with 4.5 out of a possible 5 stars. Author Björn Helbig’s conclusion: “The Day After” is a deeply depressing drama about a nuclear war in which individual fates are cleverly placed in a larger context. Absolutely worth seeing!
“Megalopolis”: The sci-fi dystopia is finally becoming reality
Fans of the genre can also finally (!) look forward to the realization of a film project that was also worked on in the 80s and that was about to be realized in the early 2000s. Now the time has finally come: “Megalopolis” by master director Francis Ford Coppola (“The Godfather”, “Apocalypse Now”) is finally becoming a reality – and the cast, as expected, is impressive:
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